Academic journal article Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Edward Said and Critical Decolonization

Academic journal article Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics

Edward Said and Critical Decolonization

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Three years ago, we planned to devote the entire issue of Alif 25 (to be published in 2005) to Edward Said, in recognition of his intellectual stature and on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. We had agreed to have an extensive interview with him for this special issue, but it never took place: Said passed away in September 2003. His legacy will continue and persist, and we hope this issue will contribute to the dissemination of Said's thought.

This issue of Alif strives to cover the multi-faceted career of Said, with emphasis on his critical contribution to decolonization and resistance to hegemony. There are moving testimonies by friends and relatives, students and colleagues, which throw light on his personality. An article by Said on the idea of the University is published for the first time in the English section of this issue, in addition to two of his articles which appear for the first time in Arabic translation in the Arabic section. The issue also includes academic articles exploring in depth Said's political, critical, and aesthetic positions-including his views on the Palestinian question and exile, on Orientalism and representation, on intellectuals and secular criticism, on traveling theory, music, and humanism. …

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